Brian Jones is entering his 12th season as the head coach of the North Dakota men's basketball program and has been the driving force behind the team's successful transition to the Division I level. That transition was firmly cemented last season when the Fighting Hawks held true to their season-long motto of "Twenty and Tourney".
UND finished with 22 wins and a 14-4 league record en route to the Big Sky regular season and tournament titles. Both win totals were Division I benchmarks for the program, who punched its first ticket to the Big Dance with a 93-89 overtime win against Weber State in the Big Sky Championship game.
For those efforts, Jones collected his first Big Sky Coach of the Year honor and was named the NABC District 6 Coach of the Year as well.
After two seasons in the director of basketball operations position, Steve Grabowski was elevated to an assistant coaching position and the 2017-18 season will mark the fourth in his current role.
Craig Heatherly enters his third season as the director of basketball operations for the men's team at the University of North Dakota. In his role, Heatherly oversees the program's day-to-day operations, team travel and coordinates summer camps.
Heatherly arrived in Grand Forks following a five-year run as an assistant coach at Davenport (Mich.) University, including the last two as the program's associate head coach.